William Duff Architects (WDA) is pleased to announce the promotion of Jim Westover to Partner. Westover will remain responsible for managing WDA’s residential practice, signing architectural drawings and actively participating in management of overall firm operations. He is the first Partner to be named in the 18 years since William… Read more

Two of our team members, Sheldon Eaton and Alyssa Miller, recently heard Bjarke Ingles speak at a City Arts & Lectures event. Founder of BIG, Bjarke is known for combining the practical with the fantastical.

We are proud to announce our re-certification as a San Francisco Green Business! Run by SF Environment, the program helps businesses implement sustainable and profitable environmental practices. Program members must re-apply every three years to ensure they remain compliant. To comply, we met strict environmental standards for waste reduction, water… Read more

Canstruction is a national charity that brings together the Architecture/Engineering/Construction community in the spirit of competition and giving back. This year we partnered with Jeff King & Company and Mosswood Engineering to raise money for the SF-Marin Food Bank as part of San Francisco Canstruction. Inspired by this year’s theme “AmeriCAN Grown,” we built a 7’ tall space shuttle to… Read more

Our clients, internationally-renowned art collectors and philanthropists, asked us to relocate and transform an empty barn that sat adjacent to their Napa Valley vacation home. They were drawn to the structure’s form and history, but wanted to use it as an entertaining space and gym. The client’s vast art collection… Read more

Recently, our very own Michelle Liu was a guest speaker in the professional practice class at The Academy of Art University. This class was taught by Paul Adamson, Michelle’s colleague at her former firm, Hornberger + Worstell, Inc. For her presentation, Michelle discussed a book that she crafted during her IDP… Read more

As part of our Back to School theme, we sat down with WDA intern Marivie Koch, who has been learning on the job since she started work with us this June, and will literally go back to school in 2016. Marivie has creativity in her genes—her parents met in art… Read more

This summer, WDA’s Michelle Liu joined a group of architects and designers on a week-long trip to Spain. The tour was hosted by Porcelanosa, a family-owned Spanish company that, in the forty years since its founding in 1973, has grown into an international brand that designs, manufactures, and distributes 8… Read more

Ove Arup: The Philosopher Engineer, directed by the talented Taghi Amirani, is a new documentary exploring the life of legendary 20th century structural engineer Ove Arup. WDA’s Michelle Liu recently attended a screening of this film at the Autodesk showroom in San Francisco. After the viewing, Amirani discussed the making… Read more

The Architecture and The City festival, presented by AIA San Francisco and Center for Architecture + Design, offers engaging and informative events about architecture and design topics throughout September. WDA’s Tandice Jali recently attended a festival event, “The Designer and the Chef,” at Heath Ceramics’ San Francisco Showroom. A panel… Read more

With summer in swing, it’s time to get outside and enjoy some fun in the sun. This year, summer heat and ongoing drought are prompting Californians to rethink the ways we use water. Here are 5 tips to keep you going through the summer and beyond. Based on lessons drawn… Read more

On Thursday, May 28, several of us from WDA were delighted to attend the dedication ceremony for the newly-renovated Lincoln Park Steps, which lead from California Street in San Francisco’s outer Richmond district up to Lincoln Park. The renovation project, which spanned seven years, resulted from a collaboration between the… Read more